Phillips Academy Andover

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
Tel: 978-749-4050
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 1150 students
Students come to Andover to join 1100 smart, engaged, passionate students from around the world; to work with brilliant, accomplished teachers; to have access to unparalled resources; and to feel a sense of limitless opportunity.
Education Week calls Andover "the quintessential boarding school [which] has remained true to its mission of building character while preparing students for college."

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Yale University
    Andover is pretty big for a boarding school so one thing that Andover has makes it special are clusters. There are five of them and they divide the school into smaller communities. They are residential. . .
  • Harvey Mudd College
    Andover has made me realize how precious each moment is, no matter how mundane, tedious, or tiring it may seem at the time. Looking back, I treasure each memory, and try to remind myself to. . .
  • Wesleyan University
    One aspect that sets Andover apart is the immense alumni network. I'm merely one year removed from Andover, but there are graduates of all ages that are ready to help. Andover has a network called. . .
  • Johns Hopkins
    Andover's vibrant, diverse, and intelligent community of students definitely sets it apart. I have made friends hailing from Hong Kong, Massachusetts, California, Canada, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, New York, Georgia, Japan, and China (and that list is. . .

Top 20 Placements

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Phillips Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1778 1910
Campus Size 500 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 1150 students 298 students
% Students of Color
46%
20%
% International Students
9%
20%
% Students Boarding
73%
70%
Average SAT Score 2118 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 30 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
83%
69%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $970 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,600 $50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,000 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
48%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $39,800 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
14%
55%
Director of AdmissionsJames F. Ventre '79

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 70 16
CoursesA Room of Their Own: Women's Studies and Literature, A Social History of Latin America, Accelerated Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chinese, Advanced College Chemistry, Advanced courses in painting, ceramics, drawing, photography, video, Advanced Electronic Music, Advanced Fourth-Level German, Advanced Latin Authors, Advanced Theory & Composition, Advanced Topics in French, African Literature, An Introductory Survey of African American Literature, AP AB Calculus, AP Accelerated AB Calculus, AP Accelerated BC Calculus, AP BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Statistics, Applied Logic, Architecture, Asia (history), Atomic America: Service Learning, Calculus-Based Physics, California Dreaming, Chamber Music Performance Seminar, Children in Literature: Growing Up in a Changing World, Community Engagement in the City of Lawrence: We, the People (Spanish), Comparative Government, Contemporary American Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Creative Writing: Fiction, Creative Writing:Poetry, Critical Race Theory: The American Dream Deferred, Current Events and Multimedia: Approaches to the Hispanic World (Spanish), Economics Research Colloquiem, Ethics:The Environment, Foundations of Modern Physics, Haunted by Shadows:Viewing African Independence through Lens and Literature, History of Art, Honors Computer Science Seminar: Software Design; Computer Graphics; Data Structures & Algorithms, Honors Math Seminar: Differential Equations; The Genius of Euler; Bayesian Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introduction to Hispanic Literature (Spanish), Introduction to Theory and Composition, James Joyce, Justice and Globalization, Macroeconomics and the Global Consumer, Medieval Literature, Medieval Literature, Microeconomics and the Developing World, Molecular and Cellular Biology: Indepdendent Laboratory Research, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Nonviolence and Social Change, Our Americas: Crossing Borders (Spanish), Out of Tune: Music and the State in the 20th Century, Playwriting, Race and Comparative American Literatures, Religion and Pilgrimage, Shakespeare, The American Civil War, The Internet in Print, The Middle East, The World in Pieces:Poetry and Cinema of the Avant-Garde, Twentieth Century Drama, U.S. History, Understanding Latin America (Spanish), Writers in Depth

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 26 14
SportsBallet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 176 23
Extracurriculars3D Printing Club, Academy Manor Nursing Home volunteers, ActiveMinds Andover, AdoptaPlatoon, Afro-Latino-American Society (Af-Lat-Am), Alianza (Latino Student Alliance), Amnesty International Club, Andover Ambassadors, Andover Art Society, Andover Japanese Connection, Andover-Lawrence String Program, App Development, ARC Buddies, Archaeology and History Club, Architecture Club, Art Exchange, Art for Expression, Art Music Society, Asian Society, Astronomy Club, Azure, Babel Foreign Language Magazine, Backtracks Magazine, Baking Club, Ballroom Dance Society,

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Brown University 0
Columbia University 0
Cornell University 0
Georgetown University 0
Harvard 0
Princeton Unversity 0
Stanford University 0
University of Chicago 0
University of Pennsylvania 0
Yale University 0
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Phillips Academy, better known as Andover, is a coeducational independent boarding high school of 1,150 students. Founded in 1778, Andover is known for its extensive and rigorous academic program as well as its intentionally diverse community of teachers and students. Andover admits students on the basis of merit, talent and demonstrated potential -- regardless of their family's ability to pay full tuition. Andover's "need blind" admission policy is one of the most comprehesive and generous among secondary schools.
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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